As a copy of Versailles, this palace was to be a “temple of splendor” for King Ludwig XIV. of France: In 1873, King Ludwig II. of Bavaria acquired the Herreninsel as a site for his New Palace Herrenchiemsee. In 1878, construction was started on the “Bavarian Versailles” according to plans by Georg Dollmann. In 1886, upon the death of King Ludwig II., the palace was not yet completed. Today, Herrenchiemsee together with the Royal Castles of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular Bavarian destinations.